Thursday, April 23, 2009 9:31 PM
"Seventh Wave Music"
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Dear Toyin thank you for your long reply - I do appreciate that you have taken the time to respond with such detail to my email. I think the issue here is that I am not at any stage intellectualising or analysing the images that I paint (and it is important that they are paintings, and not photos which are by their nature more objectifying of the model) - these are simply works of deep prayer. I have spent many years working with women politically and spiritually in many countries to explore ways of empowering and strengthening lives, self-image, awareness, creativity and effectiveness. I do not see any place within that journey where pornographic images serve or honour women. I agree that Toad represents an even more profound taboo that most contemporary pornography - but she is there as woman's guide and protector not as man's object of desire. I do not doubt the sincerity of your intent with your work - I am simply being clear that I would never agree to my work being experienced in the context of any comparison with some of the photographic images on your site. I take this position for the sake of all the women who share my work and who would feel ashamed or dishonoured by the images.
However I do wish you well and hope you find deep inspiration in your studies.